CES 2014: The 5 Coolest Things We Saw

It’s a new year, and you all know what that means: cold and snowy weather (for most of you anyways, we out here in California aren’t sure what this whole ‘winter’ thing is), gyms are packed, football season is wrapping up. But January isn’t all bad, it’s also when CES takes place in Las Vegas, and while you may not have been able to make it to the show, we did, and we saw some pretty awesome new products that are coming in the next year that we’re excited to share with you.

Parrot Zik Gold Collection

Looking to make a splash with some new headphones at work or school or impress your friends? Maybe you just want a pair for getting lost in your music when you’re kicking back at home. Whatever you’re looking for in your next set of headphones, the Parrot Zik Gold Collection won’t let you down.

Complete Zik Collection

The Gold Collection takes the classic design of the Parrot Zik headphones enriches them with gold accents. Designed by top French product designer Philippe Starck and tuned by music legend Lou Reed in his personal mastering studio (so you know they’re going to sound fantastic), these headphones are the ultimate in both style and listening experience. With active noise cancellation and the ‘Parrot Concert Hall’ effect, listening to your live CDs with the elegant Ziks will make you feel like you’re standing in the front row. When used with the free Parrot Audio Suite smartphone app, you can hear your music just as all of your favorite artists intended. Yellow Gold Zik

These Bluetooth headphones come with a microphone for making phone calls and touch panel controls to easily volume adjustments and track changes. So if you’ve been looking for that one pair of headphones that will not only make everyone’s head turn, but also sound freaking amazing, look no further with the Parrot Zik Gold collection.


Pioneer NEX Head Units

Pioneer NEX Headunits

Pioneer unveiled their new lineup of high-end Networked Entertainment eXperience head units. The NEX models are designed specifically for today’s smartphone and tablet driven lifestyle. The NEX series features 4 new navigation units and one new DVD receiver.


NEX represents the next generation of in-vehicle receivers. The NEX receivers feature a new and innovative user interface which uses both embedded features and cloud based services like iStream and Google cloud. These touchscreen double-DIN receivers are fully adjustable, allowing you to tailor the look and listening experience specifically to your vehicle. The ultimate in-car entertainment experience is provided by many features like AppRadio mode, iDatalink Maestro support to retain OEM settings in select vehicle systems, Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone 4 and 5 users, Pandora integration and more.
Pioneer NEX 8000
The NEX navigation models utilize AVICSYNC Networked Navigation to work together with your smartphone to ensure you’re never late. It provides live traffic and weather updates, local searches other points of interest. Live traffic updates are provided every two minutes and it comes with a Latest Map Guarantee feature where the latest maps are made available on the receiver within 90 days (no more excuses for being late or getting lost!).


Metra Pocket Case Kits for Smartphones and Tablets

For those of you who maybe got a new smartphone or tablet over the holidays, Metra is bringing out new pocket kits intended for connecting iOS and Samsung devices to your car.

 

These pocket kits are intended for use with single-DIN head units and are compatible with a variety of Metra dash kits (give us a call to see if it will fit your setup). The kit comes with a pocket which installs in the pocket below your single-DIN head unit and a case with a connection bracket. The pocket connection and bracket lock together to keep your phone or tablet safely in place whenever you hit a bump in the road.

iPad Mini Mount iPhone 4 Mount iPhone 5 Mount Samsung Galaxy Mount

Metra cases are compatible with the iPad mini, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy devices (S3, S4, and Note 1 and 2). Each case keeps your phone or tablet charged and has a 3.5mm audio jack input.

The Metra smartphone and tablet pocket makes using your tablet or smartphone simple and eliminates any costly, unnecessary adapters and cables from cluttering your car.


Rockford Fosgate Power Series Amplifiers

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Rockford Fosgate, one of the industry leaders in high performance car audio systems, proudly showed off their 2014 Power Series amplifier lineup. The ultra-compact Power series amps are perfect for small cars and trucks that have limited space.

2014 Rockford Fosgate Power Series Amplifiers

These powerful amps will be available in both BR monoblock and AD multi-channel configurations to drive your system. Rockford’s time and tested CLEAN level setting technology eliminates any distortion from your music. These amps put an unprecedented level over power and control in your hands to make your music sound better than ever!


Midland Action Cams

Midland Action Cam

For the adrenaline junkies out there, Midland created high-end wearable XTC Action Cams are true 1080p HD cameras to capture every bit of your snowboarding, base jumping, Scuba diving shenanigans.


The water resistant body allows the Action Cam to be used in rain or snow without a waterproof case (the XTC submersible case is tested up to 100 feet!). The slim, compact design is intended for eye-level recording without getting in your way.

Midland Action Cam

The wide angle lens yields up to an impressive 170-degree viewing angle for a real first person perspective. An integrated stereo mic records every bit of excitement and each ‘manly’ (girlish) scream.

So next time you hit the slopes, jump out of an airplane like a crazy person or go dirt biking, you can record every adrenaline soaked second.


We had a blast at CES 2014 and can’t wait to bring you everything we saw there!

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CES 2014 Update…The New Kenwood eXcelon Headunits!

As you may already know, Sonic Electronix went to CES 2014 and returned with a wealth of information on the new products that are to be released to ya’ll early this year. Kenwood is one of the great companies that will be releasing some exquisite headunits this year. We are especially excited about their new line of eXcelon in-dash recievers.

This series is set to be released this January through March and features many new technologies like the state-of-the-art Drive Equalizer Technology and Ford SYNC integration! The new Kenwood eXcelon series headunits are designed to take hands free talking and audio streaming to the next level. The flagship, top of the line model is the DNN991HD. It features built in Wifi and Bluetooth on a 6.95″ WVGA touchscreen with an LED backlight. The display allows you to customize it to suit your taste. There is not a lot that this unit can’t do! Not only does it have built in Garmin navigation, but it is Verizon 4G Dongle supported and features an RSS feed for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Gmail. On top of that, this stereo also comes equipped with an internet browser, iHeart Radio, Mixed Media Search, HD Radio, Sirius XM, and supports DVD playback.

The eXcelon series also includes five models of mobile video receivers, two of which feature navigation. All of them are double DIN DVD receivers, with either a 6.1″ or 6.95″ touchscreen. With built in Bluetooth, HD Radio, Pandora, Sirius XM, iHeart Radio, and HDMI/MHL, you cannot go wrong with any of these headunits for your system!

 Kenwood eXcelon’s CD in-dash receivers are a perfect choice if you are looking for a single DIN receiver that has most of the same, great technologies. All five of these models come equipped with Bluetooth, HD Radio, Pandora, Sirius XM, iHeart Radio, and blue illuminated LED screens.

The new eXcelon series of in-dash receivers will take your stereo system to the next level with their innovative technologies and are the perfect choice for anyone who wants to experience the ultimate in car audio entertainment. Until next time, we’ll see ya’ll later.

eXcelon Full Product Line:

DNN991HD
DNX891HD
DNX691HD
DDX491HD
DDX5901HD
DDX8901HD
KDCX998
KDCX898
KDCX798
KDCX598
KDCX498
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From CES 2014… The New Pioneer NEX Headunits!

Sonic Electronix is back from CES 2014! Otherwise known as the Consumer Electronics Show, we were able to attend this famous convention and bring back information on all sorts of products that some of our favorite brands will be releasing. One of these brands is of course Pioneer. And this year for CES, they previewed an impressive new product line of head units called NEX, or Networked Entertainment eXperience. This series contains five different head units and they all have brand new technologies, expanding options, and features! Since this series of high-tech head units are set to be released in February or March of this year, we want to take this time to tell you what Pioneer has in store for ya’ll!


With NEX, Pioneer has changed the game for how you think of a head unit.  Everything from the powerful new user interface to the extensive amount of features they include, is sure to vastly improve how you listen to music on the go. All of the receivers were designed for today’s smartphone-driven lifestyle and will make your life a whole lot easier!

 The flagship, top of the line model of the NEX series is the AVIC-8000NEX. Not only was it designed with a sleek, easy to use interface, but it has every feature you could possibly imagine in an in-dash receiver. This unit was designed to fully integrate with both Android and iPhone, so you can listen to music and use your apps right from the 7″ WVGA touchscreen display. It has a built-in traffic tuner, dual USB inputs, HDMI AV input, and all of the high-tech, key technologies you see here: 

The rest of the NEX units in this series off all the same great features with a couple exceptions: a couple of the NEX series head units have smaller touchscreens (6.1″), one of the head units does not come with built-in navigation, and a couple of the others do not have the traffic tuner. Be sure to check out the full line up down below.

The NEX series of in-dash receivers bridge the gap between smartphone tethered products and traditional multimedia receivers. They are the perfect product for anyone who wants to experience the ultimate car audio receivers. Until next time, we’ll see ya’ll later.

NEX Full Product Line:

AVIC-8000NEX
AVIC-7000NEX
AVIC-6000NEX
AVIC-5000NEX
AVH-4000NEX

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How To Shop Sonic Electronix – Part 2!

Yes of course, we all love shopping online. Especially at Sonic! Great prices, convenience, variety, and of course the a website that’s easy to use. And at Sonic, it’s not only our goal to be the first and only choice for your sound needs, but to also make your shopping experience as easy as possible. And our website is set up to do just that. But could your experience shopping on our website be even easier? Yes! Keep reading to gain knowledge on all of the tips and tricks to navigating our site.

The first and most useful tool of navigating through SonicElectronix.com are the category links on the home page. They are found across the top of the home page.

With our extensive variety of products, we strive to make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for! Did you know that Sonic Electronix not only carries a complete selection of car audio products, we also selection of Home & Portable Audio, DJ & Live Sound, Headphones, Recording Equipment and even Marine Audio! To see the entire selection, just move your mouse over the top navigation menu.

          

When you’ve found the category that you’re looking for, we provide a helpful guided browsing for your convenience. With our guided browsing, you can filter out products based off of the features and specifications that you’re looking for. For example, here’s a look at our 6.5″ speaker category.


Note how you can filter by price, availability, manufacturer, wattage, and even shallow mount installation. We also have a promotions filter, so you can see items that are on sale, made in America, or any other promotions we got goin’ on ;-) .

We know that it can be difficult to decide which product you really want, so we’ve got a handy comparison tool to let you compare multiple products side by side. Just click the check boxes on the products you would like to compare and click “Compare!”


After you click compare, you’ll be taken to a screen like the one below which will highlight the differences between the products you are comparing.

Don’t see the features you’re looking for on our guided browsing? Check out our Smart Search!


From there you can compare even more features to really fine tune your search.

Did you know? We even let you name your own price on certain items. That’s right! We actually have a tool that lets you submit your own price and if it’s within reason we approve it and let you add it to your cart at the price you want to pay!

USE THIS!! WE WANT TO SAVE YOU MONEY!!!

Now you know how to navigate our site like a pro! And we even showed you a cool way to save a few extra bucks. As always, never hesitate to call our friendly customer service center at 1877 289 7664 if you have any questions or if you want to wheel and deal on some prices! Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on all our latest promotions! Until next time, we’ll cya later!

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How to Shop Sonic Electronix – Part 1

So you’re new to sonicelectronix.com and you think “man, I wish I could get a guided tour of this place!” Or maybe you aren’t new, but haven’t done much exploring, we will give you a step by step of where to go once you’re on our home page.

At Sonic, as you’ve probably gathered by just looking at the home page, we sell some pretty awesome things, and you’re probably going to want to buy some of them. The best way to start is by creating your very own free(!) Sonic Electronix account at the top of the page under ‘My Account’. This way we can send you all the information you need about the things you’re inevitably going to buy from us (we sell cool stuff, remember?).

Account Creation

Once you’ve created your account and bought that new subwoofer or pair of headphones to make all your friends jealous, you can easily track you orders by clicking the ‘Track Order’ link so you’ll know where your package is at all times. We want you to know where your package is at all times. If you ever have a question about your order, or anything else, you should call the Sonic Expert service number at the very top of the page. We even have a link to our help center to answer any other questions you might have.

For those who aren’t too sure what they’re looking for, our ‘Research & How to’ link takes you to the Sonic knowledge base where we take you through everything you need to know about buying that car amplifier or stereo that you’ve always dreamed of having.

Experts and How to

Don’t worry, our knowledge base covers a lot more than amps and stereos. And if we don’t have a guide you’re looking for, you should call or email us and ask about it (hey, you already know the number!). Our return policy is also up at the top of the page, it’s a pretty important thing to know about: We stand by our products and give you a 60-day money-back guarantee and a 1 year warranty on almost everything we sell.

After all that, you might think, “alright, I’ve got this home page down, now let me go check some stuff out.” But wait, there’s more! If you stopped here, you might not find out about our liquidation station where you can buy open box and refurbished products at a huge discount, and who doesn’t want a discount? We also have a newsletter that you can sign up for even MORE discounts, coupons and special savings! Why wouldn’t you do that, do you not like saving money? We even have an entire page dedicated to coupons just for you!

Think that’s it? Nope. Sonic has a forum for you to log into and interact with both us and other customers, they are a great resource for you to use if you have any questions about your new car DVD players, headphones, car alarms…yep, sell all of those too.

Forums and Discounts

Now, look, you’re smart, chances are you’ve got this newfangled ‘internet’ thing figured out by now, but bear with me, we’re almost done. Down at the very bottom of the page we have links to everything you could dream of, short of maybe the meaning of life, we aren’t going to give that one away that easily. If you want to watch any of our numerous product videos, peruse our FAQs, blog, speaker fit guide, our most popular brand searches or information about Sonic Electronix the company, our links are simple and easy to follow.

Links for Days

And with that, our guided tour through the Sonic Electronix homepage is complete, feel free to start your shopping!

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